BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin

TITLE: The William Hoy Story

AUTHOR: Nancy Churnin


PUBLISHER:  Albert Whitman & Company, 2016


All William Ellsworth Hoy wanted to do was play baseball. After losing out on a spot on the local deaf team, William practiced even harder?eventually earning a position on a professional team. But his struggle was far from over. In addition to the prejudice Hoy faced, he could not hear the umpires’ calls. One day he asked the umpire to use hand signals: strike, ball, out. That day he not only got on base but also changed the way the game was played forever. William “Dummy” Hoy became one of the greatest and most beloved players of his time.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : My interest in baseball began in high school when I played short stop and second base during high school physical education class. I was good in those positions and enjoyed the game. When my son was in middle school, he wanted to play baseball as well and ended up being the pitcher for his team. He was good at it. But while the Martin family has a love for the game, it didn’t compare to the passion William Hoy had for playing baseball back in 1886 when he was signed to his first professional team. What a shame he couldn’t hear the cheers of the crowds because William was deaf. Author Nancy Churnin takes readers on the journey to how one deaf baseball player went from enjoying the game to changing how the entire world views the game. And baseball was never the same again! A nice in addition to any library!

RATING: ****4 Stars****


1 star…probably not worth your time.

2 stars…there are some things to like but some elements could have been stronger.

3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers, but others might find it lacking something.

4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.

5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!



Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.

Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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